Today, on 16th October, my social media page is filled with posts from my other foodoholic friends who are celebrating World Food Day in utmost jubilation made me ponder whilst sipping coffee, what Udaipur has to offer.
Looking at the mushrooming of small cafés around me, I am not disappointed at all. This time, I am listing the 20 best ‘must-visit’ cafés in Udaipur that have been offering a blend of good food, happy mood, ambiance, quality service and sumptuous drinks.
- Hook & Irons Café
Recently launched in Udaipur, this café and restaurant has become the talk of the town with its sophisticated feel, savory food, classy cocktails/mocktails and amazing music. This café has live music shows by Udaipur’s upcoming talents and is one of the most recommended hangout places by youth.
Where: @basement of Hotel Paras Mahal, Sector 11, Hiran Magri
Contact: 8003559555 (for reservations)
Price: Rs. 1000-2000 (drinks included)
- Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar & Bakery
The best time to visit this café: ANYTIME. Be it for morning breakfast, afternoon tea or a lazy evening with your friends for coffee, Ginger Café is situated overlooking Lake Pichola and offers the most tranquil, scenic beauty of Pichola. Besides the coffee, the breakfast menu is worth trying if you are a morning person and the range of delicacies for the ones with sweet tooth is heavenly. It has free wi-fi too!
Where: Jheel Café, near Chandpol.
Price: Rs. 500 (for two people)
- Vinod Fast Food & Multi Cuisine Café
If this place is in the map of Udaipur, it is because of its delicious cold coffee or the kulhad wali coffee served right opposite the view of Fateh Sagar. The open café is a part of the ‘Mumbaiya Bazar’ of Fateh Sagar and has been famous for its coffee for years. The new range of food items included in the menu has also become an attraction. It has another branch at RKay Mall.
Where: Mumbaiya Bazar, Fateh Sagar
Contact: 9928667584, 9351149051
Price: Rs. 150-300 (including food)
- Sai Sagar Coffee House
A hot spot for all coffee lovers, be it the young and restless or the old and wise, Sai Sagar Coffee House has emerged as a major coffee outlet of the city. The view of Fateh Sagar and an open ground beside the café, a crowd is always around. Cold coffee with ice cream (choco chip, BTW) and hot coffee in Kulhad is a treat to all the coffee lovers.
Where: Mumbaiya Bazar, Fateh Sagar.
Price: Rs. 120 (for two people)
- Café Brewmen
Owned and managed by three young entrepreneurs, Café Brewmen is a niche lounge where you can see coffee lovers, chess players, selfie takers and budding artists behind their laptop. The café serves some of the delicious sandwiches and best blend of coffees. With the winter coming, the hot beverages, pancakes and brownies are a definite ‘Yes.’
Where: Hitawala Comlplex, New Fatehpura, opposite Saheliyon ki Badi road.
Price: Rs. 200-500
The roadside chai ka thela took a new concept with Chaifeteria that opened as a street kiosk offering around 16 flavors of tea with free wi-fi. The conceptual roadside café serves light bites too along with tea making this place as one of the most unique joints. Must have: pudina chai, gud (jaggery) chai and hari mirchi (green chili) chai with muska bun (butter bun) or Nutella bun.
Where: Besides Happinezz Ice Cream parlor, Sukhadia Circle.
Price: Rs. 10 to 150 (including snacks)
- The Chocolate Room
A small café on a busy street, The Chocolate Room, s the name goes, is like Disneyland for chocolate lovers. Besides the delectable chocolate infused snacks and coffees, this café is a stop for high-end Firefox bicycles. (Guilty pleasures and fitness in one place!) Try the assorted chocolates, sandwiches,fondue and coffee for a fine treat.
Where: 14-C, Madhuban, behind Lok Kala Mandal
Cost: Rs. 150 to Rs. 500 (including snacks)
- Café Meraki
The quaint, cozy place is a fusion of classic ambiance and luxurious experience. Meraki, a Greek name that means to do something with soul, creativity or love depicts in the food, service and experience.
Where: Behind Chunda Palace, Haridasji Ki Magri
Contact: 9928284800, 9829023331
Price: Rs. 200 to Rs. 700
- Café Nirvana
The craziest, idyllic place to be in Udaipur is Café Nirvana. The place is haven of music from the legends, food from the world and people whom you have probably never met before. The stone walls, large frames, dim lights and trance music set the mood right. The thin crust pizza, club sandwich and tacos are special dishes one must have.
Where: Sajjan Garh road
Price: Rs. 200 to Rs. 700
- Café Rocks
The ideal hangout place for students, couples that can turn into a perfect candle light date venue or a party place of 20, Café Rocks is an amiable place to visit. Viewing a match or film on the Big Screen with good food and drinks make it a first choice for a group of friends.
Where: 4-A, Ashok Nagar Main Road
Price: Rs. 100- Rs. 500
- Kava Café & Lounge
Classy interiors, delicious food, great staff, free wi-fi, free games and a roof top restaurant- what else can one ask for? Kava café and lounge is where one can enjoy smooth coffee with a choice of multi fusion homemade cuisines.
Where: AKP Arcade, UIT Circle
- Café Satori
Visit Satori and you will receive sudden enlightenment (maybe not). But what you will definitely get here is happiness rough suspended coffee. Suspended or Pending Coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity.
Here you pay for two coffee and take only one for your consumption. A poor person inquiring later would be served the coffee that you had paid for earlier for free. Bringing this concept of Naples and Ireland, Café Satori has made it to this list as a must visit coffee shop in town.
Where: 59, Gadiya Dewra, near Panduwale mosque, Inside Chandpol
- Roots Café
Situated adjacent to the City Palace, Roots Café is an extension of Zostel and is home of travelers from around the world. The place offers the most picturesque sunset view, food and creativity. Visit here and you may make a new friend.
Where: Roof Top of Zostel, near Naav Ghat
Price: Rs. 150 to Rs. 700
- Ice & Spice Café
A unit of Go Bananas Food, Ice & Spice Café is a replica of road side European cafes with patio chairs, movable kiosk and an open sitting area. The food is unquestionably great with a variety of sandwiches, pasta, burgers etc. and drinks. My favorite is spinach corn sandwich and pasta with cold coffee.
Where: RKay Mall, Panchwati
Price: Rs. 60 to 500 (including snacks)
- Café Edelweiss
Udaipur has its own German Bakery and it is Café Edelweiss. An open road side café, this is a small café with seating capacity of merely 25 people at one time. But the bakery items are to die for. The ideal time to visit this café is in the early day as the baked items are freshly made in the morning. Do visit one of the best cafes in Udaipur.
Where: Near Gangaur Ghat
- Ghare Café
Ghare Café is a silent corner amid a crowd. Located on the ground floor of RKay Mall, this is a coffee house that serves hot and cold beverages with light snacks and bakery products. With a unique location, this café has introduced a new culture of open cafes in malls that are usually seen in metro cities. The café is pleasingly designed and offers a good rest to the shoppers.
Where: Ground Floor, RKay Mall
- Govinda’s Café
Right next to the City Palace, the cozy small café offers one of the most delicious coffees in the city. Its shakes are a ‘must haves’ alongside a good range of edible food. One might feel reluctant going to the café due to its restrained space, but the longing for western desserts, exotic shakes and brilliant coffee will sweep you in.
Where: 169, City Palace Road, Jagdish Chowk
- Café Believe
Overlooking Lake Pichola, this café adorns the look of a shack with bamboo roofs, room separators and seats. The café also organizes special themed dates for the couples called ‘Believe Happenings’ and also photo shoots. The ideal time to visit the café is early evening with a classic green virgin mojito giving you a blissful feel after a long tiring day.
Where: The Study School lane, near Hotel Natural Lake View, Ambavgarh
Price: Rs. 100 to Rs. 500
- Mr. Sandwich
Go beyond bread and butter and enter the world of gourmet sandwiches that are more than the flavors of bread that you can remembers. With over 120 varieties, this place is rightly the King of sandwiches. To add to your tastes, the delicious shakes make for an appetizing meal. The taste, texture and innovative styles in the sandwiches make it one of the ‘must visited’ cafes in Udaipur.
Where: 1, Vinayak Complex,Durga Nursery Road
Contact: 7742531283, 8562079707
Price: Rs. 40 to Rs. 300
- Mathara- The Heights
This is the latest entrant to the list, Mathara- The Heights Restaurant, Café and Lounge offers a scintillating view of the entire city. The place is gaining attraction as the highest rooftop café in Udaipur. With a variety of beverages, snacks and meals, this is a one-stop café for all groups of people.
Where: Rooftop, Lakecity Mall, Durga Nursery Road
NOTE: The cafes are not listed in any particular order but all are part of the top 20 list. The opinion is entirely of the author and the list is made keeping in mind the popularity, reviews, services provided by the cafe and other important factors.